Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Zhena's Gypsy Tea Review

Hi Guys! It is tea time again! I know, I know, you are thinking, is this woman really drinking all that tea? Yes, siree buddy boy, I am! I told you my grandmother always made us drink a cup of hot tea with our oatmeal before we went to school when we lived with her and it just kinda stuck.

Not the oatmeal so much, but the tea definitely! I will tell you that I drink it at night though instead of the morning. With my stomach for some reason if I don't drink a cup of Dr. Pepper in the morning I will be sick within 2 hours. I have tried everything and nothing works but Dr. Pepper.

So, all my tea drinking is done at night after hubby goes to bed, I sit here on my computer doing all my emails and blogging and drinking whatever tea I happen to be reviewing and today it is Zhena's Gypsy Tea.

Here is the list of teas I got to review from Zhena's Gypsy Tea:

1. Coconut Chai Black Tea - has Cinnamon, Ginger & Island Coconut

2. Raspberry Earl Black Tea - has Freeze dried Raspberries, Essential Oil of Italian Bergamot and Natural Raspberry Flavor

3. Egyptian Mint Green Tea - has Peppermint and Licorice Root

4. Ambrosia Plum White Tea - has Assam White Tea, Indian Green Tea, Strawberry Leaves, Rose Petals, Licorice Root and Natural Plum Extract

5. Italian Chamomile - has Chamomile, Fennel, Hibiscus, Lemon Peel, Orange Peel, Rose Petals, Licorice Root, Lemon Grass, Lemon Myrtle, Natural Vanilla Flavor and Natural Citrus Flavor

I started with the Coconut Chai because I thought that sounded really beachy and I wanted to pretend I was on the beach having myself a good ole vacation! I did make one mistake with this tea and that was I forgot to put the milk in it, so it did not come out probably like it should have.

I chose this one first because I was having some stomach issues and ginger is suppose to help settle your stomach. I think I left the little circular bag in my mug a little too long also because it came out very strong. So my advice is to please add the milk or creamer whichever you prefer unless you really like a strong ginger tea then this is the one for you!

My only problem with this tea did not show up until the next morning when I woke up my bladder was on fire! I have IC (chronic bladder pain) and very spicy strong flavors will set me off big time. I only drank about half a cup because I knew it was too strong but had no idea I would react so badly to just half a cup. So if you are prone to bladder infections or have IC this is not the tea for you.

My friend, Lynette, though drank the tea the right way the next day and she loved it! She loves anything with ginger and this was right up her alley so that made me feel better that I could give a little warning with this tea but also a good positive report for people who suffer no such issues like me.

Next, I chose the Ambrosia Plum and this one was really good with the right flavor! I had no idea that it had Strawberry Leaves in it because the taste was light and crisp with a little rosy color and I bet the reason I did not taste the strawberry was because of the Rose Petals. I love tea with Rose Petals in it because I think Roses are the best and sweetest smelling flowers there are!

This would be a nice tea to serve with cake or cookies to round out the dessert like fantasy you are trying to achieve. Or drink it alone if you are on a diet because this should settle your craving for something sweet.

The Egyptian Mint was my next choice because once again my stomach was not cooperating with me on this day due to heartburn. I knew that Peppermint is suppose to be good for that so I drank a cup very slowly and just let it settle and after a bit the heartburn did ease up. The nice thing about this tea is it can be drunk any time of the day because it is green tea and not as much caffeine as a black tea.

Also, if you are a fan of minty tasting tea then you will really love this one. For a change, I did not use sugar but added honey and that really made this tea stand out. It does not take much honey to sweeten tea so start small if you haven't tried honey with tea yet and then add as you adjust it to your liking. Honey goes very good with Green Teas.

I moved onto the Italian Chamomile one night just because I wanted to try to go to sleep earlier than I had been and usually Chamomile Tea will relax and soothe the brain into thinking it is time for bed. I had never had a Chamomile Tea that had so many other ingredients in it like this one so I had to get used to it a little bit. But once I did I could vaguely taste the Rose Petals and the Hibiscus.

I do not care for lemon in my tea (when it is hot tea) I love lemon in my iced tea so I know this is a little strange but there is just something about lemon in hot tea that does not set well with me. I also don't drink bottled tea that you buy premade with lemon in it either but that is because in those bottles it tastes fake to me and I won't drink bottled lemon tea. If you do however love lemon, then this is the tea for you.

Again, my friend Lynette shared a cup with me that day and she loved it. So, I know it is not the tea's fault, it is me and the few issues I have with my bladder. Because it had lemon which is a form of citrus and that also sets my bladder off, I could not drink much of this one either. But again, that is just a personal thing which should not influence your decision. If you love lemon in your tea you will not be disappointed in this great tea.

Lastly, I drank the Raspberry Tea. I have to admit I don't really care for Raspberries so I had saved this one for last. And this one ended up being my very favorite!! Just goes to show if you don't try it you won't know if you like it or not.

This little gem was nicely crisp and what I call clean meaning it was not heavy but had just the right little punch and zip to make me take notice and I really enjoyed this cup the best! It is hard to put my finger on just exactly what might have triggered a happy response but I do know that it was not loud or bold as some would call it.

It was a laid back kinda tea for someone like me who loves a no frilly kind of tea. This one also will have a light pink tint depending on how long you leave your bag in the cup. By the way, these are all round little bags filled with the teas and there is no string attached. I really loved that idea because if I drink a tea with the string it always ends up in my way or in my mouth when I go to take a sip.

So, Thanks for making it stringless, Gypsy Tea!

Now for some fun facts I learned about this great little tea company. They are Fair Trade Certified along with being USDA Organic. The little tin cans that hold the tea bags are made with 70% recycled material and are 100% recyclable & refillable. This tea company was one of the earliest supporters of the Fair Trade movement. You can find out more about Fair Trade by going to this website to understand what Fair Trade is all about.

Now for the history lesson that I always like to throw into my reviews. Maybe someday I will tire of doing this part but I sorta doubt it because I have always been a curious person when it comes to our past and how did we get where we are today.

I always like to quote from the company's website on this part because it makes no sense for me to read it and try to make it sound different but yet the same!

In 2000, Zhena was faced with the most difficult challenge of her life when her son, Sage, was born with a severe birth defect. Barely making ends meet, and with no health insurance to cover Sage’s mounting medical costs, Zhena was determined to earn the income necessary to support the needs of her son and finance the several surgeries to insure Sage’s survival..

With her degree in aromatherapy, love of tea and a small collection of money from friends and family, Zhena embraced her Ukrainian Gypsy ancestry and began peddling her teas out of a cart on California street corners. Believing that selling her tins of tea could alter fate, Zhena became a purveyor of hope and the founder of Gypsy Tea. Today Sage is a healthy, energetic boy and the company is an Award Winning Brand delighting consumers around the globe.

Zhena's Gypsy Tea's distribution center is located in the City of Commerce, a city devoted to the attraction of business by providing industry-friendly communities from which to draw many of the businesses' employees. Its location, astride old United States Highway 101 (now the Santa Ana Freeway, or Interstate 5), made it an ideal location for the shipment of goods throughout the United States and around the world.

We at Zhena’s Gypsy Tea offer only the purest, most natural teas. All of our hand-blended teas and infusions integrate only the finest, highest grade, natural essential oils of fruits and flowers. A masterful orchestration of botanical benefits, our products are made fresh with expertly blended organic leaves, herbs, fruits, healthful flowers, spices and essential oils that delivers the sipper a true and tasty steep that is full of flavor and character.

All the ingredients are certified GMO and allergen free, and are 100% natural and do not contain petrochemicals, dyes, artificial fragrances or preservatives. We are uncompromising in these principles and do not offer products unless they meet these rigorous standards.

Lastly, I thought you might be interested to know that Zhena has won several awards and here is a list of some of them:

Winner Socially Responsible Business for Corporate Ethics
Winner Enterprising Women of the Year
Winner Golden Addy for Packaging Design
Winner Natural Products Expo Best New Packaging
Winner Nutrition Business Growth Achievement

All I can say is great job Zhena and you are an inspiration to all women who seek to better themselves and provide for their family.

Here is how you can get in touch with this wonderful company:

Mailing address:
Zhena's Gypsy Tea
6041 Triangle Drive
Commerce, CA 90040 USA
Telephone: 800-448-0803

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied picture.


echo said...

Hi Mary, you followed my "Echo's Voice" from Blog Hop and I gad to come check this out. I love hot drinks too, my house is woof heat and coolish so the cup in my hands is always warm and soothing. Very beautiful site here.

Dixie Goode

asiadeli said...

Hi Mary. I'm following you back via FB as Kara Hara.